· April, 2010

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from April, 2010

Russia: War Reporter Blogs on Trauma and Politics of the Subway Attacks

RuNet Echo  6 April 2010

Olga Allenova is a special correspondent for the Kommersant daily, author of Chechnya is Close: War Through the Eyes of a Woman, a collection of the 1999-2007 war reportage from the North Caucasus. In the post below, she writes about the March 29 subway bombings, the subsequent pain and trauma, and the resulting political and media responses.

Russia: April Fool's Online Pranks

RuNet Echo  4 April 2010

Although the beginning of the week has been marked by the disaster and grief, Russian bloggers and computer geeks tried to leave some place in their lives for a smile. Below are few of the pranks proposed by bloggers and several software companies.

Russia: Subway Bombings Rap

RuNet Echo  3 April 2010

LJ user abstract2001 posts audio and lyrics (RUS) of Dino MC 47's new rap song about the March 29 Moscow subway attacks. A YouTube video is here (via LJ user oleg-kozyrev).

Russia: Muscovites Use Blogs to Avoid Riding Metro

RuNet Echo  2 April 2010

Podvezu_msk Livejournal community, which opened after the recent bombings in Moscow, is used by drivers-bloggers to offer a ride to those who don't want to use a subway. It also developed a special sign for cars with drivers willing to help for free. RIA Novosty tells a story of new...

Russia: Mainstream and Citizen Media Coverage

RuNet Echo  2 April 2010

Lengthy discussions of the mainstream and citizen media coverage of the March 29 Moscow subway attacks: Minding Russia – here and here, FPA's Russia blog – here and here, and Global Voices Online – here.

Russia: Anglophone Commentary on Subway Attacks

RuNet Echo  2 April 2010

More Anglophone discussions of the March 29 Moscow subway bombings, the politics around it and the commentary it has generated: Sean's Russia Blog – here and here; FPA's Russia blog; A Good Treaty – here and here; Dzutsev's Weblog; DI's Russia Blog; A Step At A Time – here, here...

Russia: “Moscow Calm – Before the Storm”

RuNet Echo  1 April 2010

At GlobalPost, Miriam Elder reports from Moscow on the March 29 subway attacks: “It's this lack of information that helps breed the conspiracy theories that are so rife. In the U.S., we're used to nonstop programming when the slightest (or largest) thing goes wrong. Here, state-run television ran its regular...

Russia: “Technology Failed Many”

RuNet Echo  1 April 2010

Svetlana Gladkova of Profy writes about her failed attempts to locate a Moscow friend via various popular communication tools following the March 29 subway attacks: “In this tightly interconnected world we all depend a lot on communication tools like cell phones, email, IMs, and social networks and when such tools...

Russia: “A Perfect Target”

RuNet Echo  1 April 2010

Irina Filatova writes at the Guardian's Comment is Free that the tough measures and increased xenophobia that are likely to follow the March 29 Moscow subway bombings will not “make Moscow underground safer.”

Russia: “March Elegy”

RuNet Echo  1 April 2010

Anna Akhmatova's poem and some memories of the Moscow subway and the Park Kultury station where the second of the two March 29 blasts occurred – at Poemless: “In the Metro, you could buy a puppy and take the puppy to the vet, have its prescriptions filled, buy some lingerie...

Russia: “Russian Roulette” Metro

RuNet Echo  1 April 2010

English Man In Moscow reacts to the March 29 subway blasts: “For the love of god, is no where safe from terrorists? Today, many people were killed. I certainly won't be taking my child on the metro anywhere, ever again for the rest of my time here in Moscow.”

Russia: “A Metaphor for Shock”

RuNet Echo  1 April 2010

Natalia Antonova, currently in Moscow, writes about the March 29 subway blasts at GlobalComment: “On days like today, tragedy does not remain localized. It spreads outward, from the epicenter. Beside the dead, there are the wounded. Beside the dead and the wounded, there are the traumatized. And then there are...

Russia: LJ Opinion Poll on Subway Blasts

RuNet Echo  1 April 2010

520 bloggers responded to this LiveJournal opinion poll question (RUS) on March 29-31: “Who could be behind the Moscow subway blasts?” 11% blame “terrorists acting on orders from Western special services,” 16% point at “terrorists acting on religious grounds,” 33% think “Russian special services” are behind the attacks, and 40%...

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